NDMO continues to ship immediate response supplies to the affected islands

NDMO team continue to load ships with relief supplies in Port Vila this week.

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) continues to ship relief supplies to the affected islands in its response efforts to the current disaster events currently affecting our country.

The Logistics Cluster led by NDMO has already organised 12 shipments of food and non-food items relief supplies since April 10, when the first shipment of relief supplies by MV Young Blood left Port Vila for Bwatnapni in Pentecost.

According to the Logistic Team, 10 shipments of relief supplies have already transported relief supplies to the northern islands towards TC Harold response, while two shipments to the island of Tanna for the Ash Fall victims.  

The ten shipments to the Northern provinces have visited the following ports, Bwatnapni, Melsisi, Pangi  and Namaram in Pentecost, North Ambrym, Craig Cove, Taveak, Ranon and Olal in Ambrym, Litzlitz and Norsup in Malekula, Lolowai in Ambae, Luganville in Santo. All shipments for the Tanna Ash Fall response arrived into Lenakel in Tanna where distribution is coordinated.

Most relief supplies shipped to the affected islands consists of food dry rations, water, non-food items such as tents, tarpaulins, medical supplies, fuel and other donated items amongst others.

These shipments also transported relief goods coming from overseas after being released from the quarantine area at the Bauerfield international airport in Port Vila to comply with COVID-19 process also currently in place.                                           

NDMO continues to coordinate with in-country humanitarian partners for immediate relief supplies for the most affected areas and more shipments will leave Port Vila this week to continue with the response.   

The main guiding documents for TC Harold Response include the National Disaster Plan and the National Cyclone Support Plan which specifies cyclone preparedness and response arrangements for Vanuatu.